Salvage the Fragments

Salvage Fragments.

I love the idea behind this simple phrase. The thought has really challenged me to not wait for big chunks of time to accomplish tasks but to take advantage of the small moments, the fragments, that are made available to me throughout my day.

It is easy as a young mother with two active and creative boys that think they can fly to feel like my time to do things are limited to when they nap or when they are in bed for the night.
It is overwhelming to think about sitting down and spending the time studying God's Word or making a phone call to encourage a friend or cleaning the kitchen, bathrooms or bedrooms
WHILE the boys are up. I love them to death, but they require a lot of attention.

Which is why the concept of "salvage the fragments" resonates so well with me - I have fragments of time. I have lots of fragments, scattered throughout my day.

There is the time that boys like to linger over breakfast, making bubbles in their milk.
There is the time that Judah sits on the potty and Wesley sits in his bouncer watching. (That is a minimum of 10 minutes right there!)
There is the time right before nap where I sit in their room hushing them.
There is the time where they get so engaged in playing with each other they forget about trying to fly down the stairs.

Those fragments of time are maybe 5-15 minute stretches of time that have previously been wasted as I hadn't intentionally been thinking about salvaging the fragments of time. But now those precious moments are the chance for me to do a speed cleaning, read several verses, spend time in prayer, send a text message to a friend or even write a quick letter.

They are small fragments of time, but they are fragments God has given to me and it is my desire to glorify Him in even the simplest moments.

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."
Colossians 3:23


Di said...

What an awesome thought! Thank you! I'm going to remember that today.

Chelsea Rae said...

Very timely entry Jess! I have been thinking about the same kind of thing since we got home. Luke just loves watching Mary do anything (especially eat!) so I am trying to take advantage of those moments to get stuff done. It's amazing how much you can get done in 10-15 minutes when you really try!

Bethany said...

I need to salvage my fragments too. I think this is a common need for many Mommies of small-sized children. Kudos to you for bringing it to my attention. :)

TammyIsBlessed said...

What a great post Jess - a timely reminder for me!

BTW - I mailed you your cd today - do you want it to be a surprise? :)

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